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Ross Dunne

Ross Dunne

1967-1978
12
Other Guernsey Nos.
38, 44

213CFC Games Played

238CFC Goals

Date of Birth
25 February 1948
Recruited From
North Heidelberg
Collingwood Debut
Round 18, 1967
Height:
193cm
Weight:
82kg

Biography

When Ross Dunne walked back to take his now fateful kick in the dying minutes of the first Grand Final of 1977, there were many thousands of Collingwood supporters across Australia whose short-term mental stability hung on the outcome.

Fortunately, Dunne did kick the goal, with all the coolness that by then had become his trademark, and that a Replay was necessary.

Despite a career which spanned 12 years and more than 200 games, there is no doubt that Twiggy Dunne is best remembered for that one kick.

Ironically, the man at the centre of all the drama could easily not have been there on Grand Final day, as he very nearly was not a part of Collingwood’s 1977 season at all.

He had all but decided to give the game away following the club’s disastrous 1976, but Collingwood talked him into staying, using the added lure of a job as an assistant to the club’s then football secretary, Jack Regan.

He took over the senior administrative post from Regan in 1978 and retained the job into the 1990s.

Dunne grew up in West Heidelberg, in the heart of Collingwood territory. He was only eligible for one year of under-19 football, and it came to an abrupt end after just six games when he broke his leg.

His coach in the thirds, Ron Richards, saw something in him others had missed and convinced the selectors he should be given more time.

He debuted against St Kilda late in 1967, kicking four goals, followed by another four against Geelong in the Semi-Final loss.

While he never quite reached the heights of contemporaries Thompson, McKenna and Tuddenham, Dunne remained a key cog in the Collingwood engine for more than a decade.

A quietly spoken character, Dunne kicked a career-high 35 goals in 1974, but spent parts of his career on the last line of defence.

He bowed out at the age of 30 in 1978, kicking 17 goals from his last six games, including four in the Semi-Final win over Carlton at the MCG.

Adapted from A Century of the Best (1992), written by Michael Roberts.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1967-1978 213 238 18 63%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1967 2 8 2 22 5 27 48

1967 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 18 St Kilda L 4 6 4 10 48 View match >
Semi Final Geelong L 4 2 16 1 17 48 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1968 15 15 19 157 24 181 12

1968 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 1 1 5 1 6 12 View match >
Round 2 Fitzroy L 3 1 6 2 8 12 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda L 12 View match >
Round 4 Geelong L 4 4 12 View match >
Round 8 Melbourne L 2 14 2 16 12 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs W 1 11 4 15 12 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne W 2 2 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 1 2 13 13 12 View match >
Round 13 Fitzroy W 2 2 11 3 14 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 2 17 4 21 12 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 6 2 8 12 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 3 10 10 12 View match >
Round 18 Carlton L 2 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 19 Melbourne W 2 16 1 17 12 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 3 13 3 16 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1969 16 15 20 237 31 268 12

1969 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Hawthorn L 14 14 12 View match >
Round 2 Richmond L 3 2 16 3 19 12 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 2 18 3 21 12 View match >
Round 4 Carlton W 1 13 13 12 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 1 4 19 3 22 12 View match >
Round 6 Western Bulldogs W 3 1 13 4 17 12 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 1 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 8 Sydney W 3 14 5 19 12 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 3 20 1 21 12 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda W 2 2 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 2 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 17 1 18 12 View match >
Round 19 Sydney W 1 11 2 13 12 View match >
Round 20 North Melbourne W 1 17 2 19 12 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 8 8 12 View match >
Preliminary Final Richmond L 2 16 1 17 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1970 24 25 35 307 64 371 12

1970 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 13 8 21 12 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn W 17 3 20 12 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 4 17 4 21 12 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 1 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 3 9 3 12 12 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 1 8 2 10 12 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 22 2 24 12 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 1 2 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 5 16 3 19 12 View match >
Round 11 Sydney L 1 2 10 4 14 12 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 3 14 4 18 12 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 2 9 2 11 12 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 1 10 2 12 12 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 4 2 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 16 Melbourne W 1 1 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne W 2 14 2 16 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 1 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 19 Carlton W 1 1 14 3 17 12 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 4 1 15 1 16 12 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 3 9 3 12 12 View match >
Round 22 Sydney W 3 11 2 13 12 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 1 10 1 11 12 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 2 3 14 3 17 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1971 22 18 12 298 46 344 12

1971 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 2 10 2 12 12 View match >
Round 2 Richmond W 1 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy W 1 2 9 5 14 12 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 1 1 13 3 16 12 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 1 10 4 14 12 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 1 9 2 11 12 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda L 11 2 13 12 View match >
Round 9 Sydney W 17 2 19 12 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 1 1 17 3 20 12 View match >
Round 11 Carlton W 11 11 12 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs L 14 2 16 12 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 14 Essendon W 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W 1 19 2 21 12 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 2 2 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 5 11 4 15 12 View match >
Round 18 Geelong L 1 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda L 1 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 13 3 16 12 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 2 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 22 Carlton L 9 9 12 View match >
Semi Final Richmond L 2 24 2 26 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1972 24 5 6 334 52 386 12

1972 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Richmond L 2 3 11 1 12 12 View match >
Round 2 Carlton D 1 11 2 13 12 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 22 1 23 12 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 1 1 16 4 20 12 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn L 14 3 17 12 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 10 3 13 12 View match >
Round 8 Western Bulldogs L 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 9 Geelong W 17 2 19 12 View match >
Round 10 Sydney W 12 1 13 12 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 12 4 16 12 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 14 3 17 12 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 10 2 12 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 16 2 18 12 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 1 19 4 23 12 View match >
Round 17 Hawthorn W 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 19 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 17 5 22 12 View match >
Round 20 Geelong L 17 1 18 12 View match >
Round 21 Sydney W 15 2 17 12 View match >
Round 22 Essendon L 10 10 12 View match >
Qualifying Final Richmond L 8 2 10 12 View match >
Semi Final St Kilda L 12 1 13 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1973 23 18 13 286 35 321 12

1973 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Sydney W 1 15 15 12 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 16 16 12 View match >
Round 3 Geelong W 14 5 19 12 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda W 9 9 12 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne W 10 2 12 12 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 15 6 21 12 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 15 15 12 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 16 16 12 View match >
Round 11 Essendon W 1 12 1 13 12 View match >
Round 12 Sydney W 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 13 Western Bulldogs W 1 3 15 6 21 12 View match >
Round 14 St Kilda W 2 10 1 11 12 View match >
Round 15 Geelong W 4 5 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne L 18 18 12 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 2 15 5 20 12 View match >
Round 18 Carlton W 3 11 11 12 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy W 2 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 20 Richmond L 8 8 12 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 11 11 12 View match >
Round 22 Essendon W 4 1 12 2 14 12 View match >
Semi Final Carlton L 1 6 6 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1974 22 35 44 318 28 346 12

1974 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon W 1 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 2 Hawthorn W 1 15 2 17 12 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 16 16 12 View match >
Round 4 Fitzroy L 2 8 8 12 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 2 10 10 12 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda W 2 1 10 10 12 View match >
Round 8 Geelong L 2 4 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 6 4 16 1 17 12 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne W 3 2 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 11 Sydney W 1 2 11 11 12 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 5 4 14 2 16 12 View match >
Round 13 Hawthorn W 1 19 1 20 12 View match >
Round 14 Fitzroy W 3 2 20 20 12 View match >
Round 15 Western Bulldogs W 1 19 1 20 12 View match >
Round 16 Carlton L 1 1 18 1 19 12 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 1 3 12 5 17 12 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 2 1 15 1 16 12 View match >
Round 19 Geelong W 2 4 17 17 12 View match >
Round 20 Richmond L 2 7 11 1 12 12 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 3 14 4 18 12 View match >
Elimination Final Western Bulldogs W 14 5 19 12 View match >
Semi Final Hawthorn L 1 16 16 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1975 15 26 22 160 22 182 12

1975 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 8 Essendon W 3 2 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 1 2 9 9 12 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 15 3 18 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 12 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 1 3 8 1 9 12 View match >
Round 14 Geelong L 3 2 14 4 18 12 View match >
Round 15 Fitzroy W 2 2 4 12 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 4 3 12 1 13 12 View match >
Round 17 Richmond L 2 1 12 12 12 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 4 1 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 19 Essendon W 2 2 11 2 13 12 View match >
Round 20 St Kilda W 2 3 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 2 13 1 14 12 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 2 3 14 2 16 12 View match >
Elimination Final Richmond L 11 1 12 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1976 20 29 30 269 35 304 12

1976 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 2 12 1 13 12 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 3 4 16 1 17 12 View match >
Round 3 Hawthorn L 2 3 9 1 10 12 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 5 St Kilda L 8 2 10 12 View match >
Round 6 Geelong L 9 1 10 12 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 2 1 14 14 12 View match >
Round 8 Fitzroy W 11 11 12 View match >
Round 9 Western Bulldogs L 2 1 14 5 19 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 15 15 12 View match >
Round 12 Carlton W 1 5 3 8 12 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 3 1 11 1 12 12 View match >
Round 15 Hawthorn L 4 15 1 16 12 View match >
Round 16 St Kilda L 2 3 17 4 21 12 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 1 2 22 1 23 12 View match >
Round 18 North Melbourne L 1 11 3 14 12 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy L 1 1 12 2 14 12 View match >
Round 20 Western Bulldogs L 2 2 15 4 19 12 View match >
Round 21 Essendon W 4 5 27 2 29 12 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne L 2 4 13 1 14 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1977 24 27 35 296 58 354 12

1977 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 3 3 14 3 17 12 View match >
Round 2 North Melbourne L 1 14 1 15 12 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 4 2 19 5 24 12 View match >
Round 4 Richmond W 2 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 5 Geelong W 3 2 17 2 19 12 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 3 10 1 11 12 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy W 1 5 13 2 15 12 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 1 4 17 1 18 12 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn W 2 15 2 17 12 View match >
Round 10 Sydney L 1 1 17 2 19 12 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne W 3 17 1 18 12 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 1 17 1 18 12 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 1 11 2 13 12 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 1 6 5 11 12 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 1 7 3 10 12 View match >
Round 16 Geelong L 1 2 12 3 15 12 View match >
Round 17 Carlton W 1 12 4 16 12 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 9 4 13 12 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 1 12 1 13 12 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 2 1 6 2 8 12 View match >
Round 21 Sydney W 2 10 10 12 View match >
Semi Final Hawthorn W 1 12 4 16 12 View match >
Grand Final North Melbourne D 1 2 10 2 12 12 View match >
Grand Final North Melbourne L 2 0 7 4 11 12 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1978 6 17 6 53 10 63 44

1978 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 20 Richmond W 4 8 8 44 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda W 2 2 9 2 11 44 View match >
Round 22 Melbourne W 3 3 12 1 13 44 View match >
Qualifying Final Hawthorn L 1 1 5 5 44 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 4 6 5 11 44 View match >
Preliminary Final North Melbourne L 3 13 2 15 44 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 213 238 244 2737 410 3147
Avg/Game   1.12 1.15 12.85 1.92 14.77
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

688

Total AFL Games
213
Total AFL Goals
238
CFC Debut
Round 18, 1967
CFC Last Game
Preliminary Final, 1978
Recruited From
North Heidelberg
Full Name
Ross Dunne
Nickname
Twiggy

Awards

  • Life Members
    1977
  • Reserves/VFL Best and Fairest
    1967
  • Best Finals Player (Bob Rose Award)
    1971
  • Best First Year Player (Harry Collier Trophy)
    1967
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